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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Mar 26, 2012 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Serious question for musically inclined sorts...DEAD/nonDEAD

Thanks for the link to the reviews . The "Tale of Two Concerts" section was of particular interest, with the editor' 's counter arguments to Landau's original review . I think most of us here have heard lots of critical anti Dead comments form the "Rock Press". One of the problems I have found with Rock critics reviewing bands that have extended instrumental sections , is that most of these critics don't seem to have the "equipment" to review these bands . Most of these guys come from a journalist background, which is to say "words " . Their bias is going to be for more lyrics oriented artists , Like Dylan, Springsteen, etc. Words, they understand . There are plenty of times when an artist is "wanky", "pretentious", etc., but I am not sure these critics could tell the good from the bad with this music .
Also I think a guy who has to sit through 100s of concerts, is going to prefer a performance that is tight, and hopefully not too long , so he can go home and sleep, or watch television . Bands that go on and on (think those Grateful Dead 2nd sets ) is going to annoy this guy .
I am not "anti-critic", in the areas they know well, I respect, and have been turned on to some great music from the most insightful of them . But some instances, I think they are out of their water , when it comes to instrumental music .